I can hardly believe that next week we will be opening the doors to the 2018 Affordable Art Fair Brussels (15 – 18 March). In my role as Fair Director, I have the absolute privilege of working with gallerists and talented artists to create and curate an art fair that is not only filled with stunning works, it also provides an activity-packed day out with interactive workshop, installations and educational programmes. The fair also supports up-and-coming creative talent - a particular passion of mine.
So, here are my Top 10 reasons to visit Affordable Art Fair Brussels:
1. It's our 10th Anniversary!
Yes, we know, we don't look a day over 8 (blush). We are super excited that the 2018 fair marks the 10th Anniversary of Affordable Art Fair Brussels - and of course to celebrate the Decennial event we have really pulled the stops out, read on to discover how…
2. Be amazed by Den Draad's artistic installation
An interactive installation of giant crochet covered inflatables? We're sold! Previously created in different shapes and forms including a sofa and giant balls, the installation will be perfect for climbing, cuddling and chilling alike. Be inspired by Den Draad's incredible work and indulge your inner child.
3. Interactive light installation by TAAI
Immerse yourself in the creative world of TAAI and interact with a unique geometric light projection display. Elegant and minimalist 'Convergence' uses multiple LED light sources that interact with each other - the installation is sure to be breathtakingly stunning.
4. Let Louves inspire your inner Girl Power
With 2018 being heralded as the 'Year of the Woman' it was obvious that we would work with Louves, a cutting edge feminine creative collective. They will be presenting their challenging 2D and 3D installation "Utopies" and I am expecting the ultimate creative expression of all things girl power.
5. Get involved with arty workshops
There's so much to choose between! Create your dream skateboard with the Chalk Custom Boards Project, the expert Centre de la Gravure et de L'Image Imprimée will teach you engraving techniques, or join artist Obed Vleugels who will show you how some simple cutting and pasting can be turned into a screenprint.
6. Live painting by artist Oli B
I can't wait to see painter, illustrator and street artist Oli B live at work at the fair, I'm a huge fan of his happy multi-colour work and varied creative techniques and he is sure to create a spectacular piece for the fair! Oli B will be working in partnership with MACADAM GALLERY to create giant fresque, an explosion of colours and joy which gradually invades our cities, our interiors and our hearts.
7. Keep your finger on the pulse with our Young Talents
The Young Talents exhibition is back once again; the annual programme designed to support and promote emerging creative talent in the contemporary art scene is one of my favourite features of the fair!
For our 10th Anniversary we have expanded the programme, working with La peau de l'ours who have selected 6 emerging artists on the themes of urban architecture, language and image manipulation. Alongside all of the organising and curating, La peau de l'ours are producing in-depth information on the inspiration and creative process for a more informed exhibition. Beyond the event La peau de l'ours will continue to sponsor and mentor the artists, helping them develop and promote their profile within the art community.
And it doesn't stop there! We also have guest artist Fabrice Hermans creating an accompanying artwork. There is just so much to talk about within this programme alone, so we've created a dedicated web page here.
8. Gaze into the creative-crystal ball with To Be Antwerp
As you can tell, nurturing young artists is a key part of our ethos, so for the second year in a row we are collaborating with To Be Antwerp. The annual event includes an exhibition of artwork created by graduates of the most prestigious art schools in Antwerp. From this exhibition, four lucky artists, Claudia de Waard, Christos Papasotiriou, Anna Chen and Mauritz Verlinden, have been selected to bring their works to the fair.
9. Browse 1000s of affordable artworks
This year we have an amazing collection of more than 90 galleries, from Belgium and beyond. We've been hugely impressed by the quality of work, I'm crushing on French artists Jean Marc Amigues's dreamlike painting which will be on the Aperture Contemporary's stand (A6). Our galleries preview page really says it all - click here for more information.
10. Indulge yourself with our food & drink partners
Frankly after all that creative absorption, you will be needing a rest and a little bit of indulgence. Also for our 10th Anniversary we have introduced a new concept for our café; we will have multiple Belgian companies catering with creative culinary concepts (what a tongue-twister!), including Café Léopold, Knees to Chin, Les Filles and BON. So you can be sure to find something delicious to tempt your tastebuds!
So, what are you waiting for? To help us celebrate 10 years of affordable artiness, book a ticket for your family and friends and we'll see you at the Vernissage, Late View or throughout the weekend »
Art lovers at the Affordable Art Fair Brussels Vernissage, 2016, book your tickets here
Featured art from first to last:
A couple enjoy art at Affordable Art Fair Brussels, book your tickets here.
One of Den Draad's increadible inflatable crochet installations.
A sneak preview of the audio-visual installation by TAAI, click here for more information on the artist.
Feminine creative collective Louves, click here for more information.
Artist and screenprinter, Obed Vleugels, hard at work click here for more information on the artist.
Artist Oli B next to one of his increadible frescos, click here for more information on the artist.
La peau de l'ours discuss the Young Talents programme, click here for more information.
Artwork by Mauritz Verlinden, part of the To Be Antwerp exhibition, click here for more information.
Jean Marc Amigues's dreamlike painting which will be on the Aperture Contemporary's stand (A6). Liliya Milpetrova, Imprisoned by simulation, mixed media on resin, £4,450, Lomaka Gallery.